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Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages Paperback – Feb 1 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; 1/31/12 edition (Feb. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592537650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592537655
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Written by a couple who run a successful combination art gallery and art school for children, this book presents the authors’ most popular art projects for youngsters, covering an ambitious range of materials and techniques. This guide offers a greater-than-average number of open-ended and inventive projects that can be taught to younger children and teens alike. Each project is paired with an example of a work by a modern master or living artist. Many photographs illustrate techniques and show children deeply engaged in creativity. VERDICT: Recommended particularly for teachers and parents." - Library Journal

"I love Susan's Art Lab series and reference them in the Art Studio often. They're easy to follow, full of images, and directed at open-ended exploration - exactly the kind of reference I need for my own busy home." - Meghan Burch, Art Studio Educator, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

About the Author

Rainer Schwake is a versatile and talented media designer holding a masters degree in graphic design. His photography has been used in hundreds of business- and arts-related design works for print and websites. He is co-owner of artstream studios (www.artstreamstudios.com) and lives with his wife, Susan, in Rochester, NH.

Susan Schwake is an artist, art educator, author, and curator. Her passion for teaching art for more than 20 years has found her working in many diverse settings, as well as her own art school, which operates inconjunction with their gallery and design firm in New Hampshire, called artstream.

Susan exhibits her own artwork in galleries in the United States and Europe. To date, she has curated over 100 compelling contemporary exhibitions in her own gallery with hundreds of national and international artists' work. Susan has worked with many corporations installing original artwork from the gallery's stable of artists.

In keeping with her passion for art and teaching, Susan has offered, and continues to offer, workshops and programs to parents, teachers at universities, art studios, community organization, public and private schools, and most recently online with e-courses in teacher training, painting, printmaking and mixed media.


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Any book that breaks down lessons in such a straightforward, clearly-illustrated manner while still striving for such high-end concepts as "Painting Like a Fauvist" is a hit with me. I would have *killed* to have a book like this when I was a kid, something that demystified a fine art culture that seemed completely out of reach at the time. Well, it isn't anymore, and that's because of books like this.
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I love to see my grandkids read books. There is something so special to see the book in their hands and see their eyes following the sentences and words. I especially like books that give information. Creative Art was perfect for my 10.year old grandaughter. It gave her the chance to see several creative projects that she could do on her own, filling her time with delight. It also showed what materials were required for each project. She had to read and apply the ideas that were provided to her....a guess that is a valuable life skill.
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Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media by Susan Schwake is a terrific how-to book for young artists and an inspiring resource for art teachers looking to introduce basic art-making techniques to their students.
Each “lab” or lesson has easy-to-follow written instructions along with images demonstrating each step in the process. To get young minds thinking of what to draw/paint/collage/print, Susan Schwake offers suggestions; for example, the sprinkling of salt on watercolour has the effect of white or light specks similar to snow or stars.
I always find it helpful and inspiring to see how other artists have created a finished artwork using a specific art medium or certain technique. Every lab in Art Lab for Kids includes a “Meet the Artist” section featuring an artwork by a contemporary artist, along with links to the artist’s blog, website or online shop.
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I bought this book for myself. After reading it from cover to cover, I sent it to my grand-daughter.Loved the fact that she'll be able to go on line and get aquainted with the different artists and their works.
She phoned me to tell me how enchanted she was about the book. Even the cover she found inspiring.
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For kids, for adults a lot of ideas and very creative.
A lot of explanations and very useful. Good buy
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Really enjoyed this book, we have tried many of the art projects!
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Awesome book! I am using it to guide my grade four art class and the students are really enjoying it!
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